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Preamble to Battle


In 1073 the Norman Robert of Rhuddlan took land in the centre of North East Wales and built a castle at Twt Hill, just outside present day Rhuddlan. In 1075 the Welsh Prince Gruffdd ap Cynan landed in Anglesey, and with his own Welsh and Dublin Viking mercaneries, attempted to take control of North Wales. Initially Robert of Rhuddlan provided troops to help him in this.

However after gaining control in Gwynedd Grufford proceeded to move to the east and tried to throw out the Normans from Wales. This included Robert of Rhuddlan. They met in battle before the Motte and Bailey Castle Robert had built at Twt Hill. After the battle the castle was destroyed by the Welsh.

In 2010 the Rhuddlan Heritage Society with the support of CADW and the Vikings, the oldest and largest Dark Age re-enactment society in the UK, re-fought the battle on the very site of the original engagement.

Seen here are Gruffyd, in the light helmet, and Robert, with his back to you, argue about the rights and wrongs of the battle. Talk did not work so Robert retreated to the shelter of the castle and Gruffyd prepared to lay siege. And so battle commenced.

It was quite an impressive re-enactment. almost 200 warrors took part in an intense and very physical battle that was not without it;s own dangers. Fighting up-hill in chain mail with swords, axes, shields and bows and arrows, minor injuries did happen, but in the end it all went well and was a splendid entertainment.


Preamble to Battle


In 1073 the Norman Robert of Rhuddlan took land in the centre of North East Wales and built a castle at Twt Hill, just outside present day Rhuddlan. In 1075 the Welsh Prince Gruffdd ap Cynan landed in Anglesey, and with his own Welsh and Dublin Viking mercaneries, attempted to take control of North Wales. Initially Robert of Rhuddlan provided troops to help him in this.

However after gaining control in Gwynedd Grufford proceeded to move to the east and tried to throw out the Normans from Wales. This included Robert of Rhuddlan. They met in battle before the Motte and Bailey Castle Robert had built at Twt Hill. After the battle the castle was destroyed by the Welsh.

In 2010 the Rhuddlan Heritage Society with the support of CADW and the Vikings, the oldest and largest Dark Age re-enactment society in the UK, re-fought the battle on the very site of the original engagement.

Seen here are Gruffyd, in the light helmet, and Robert, with his back to you, argue about the rights and wrongs of the battle. Talk did not work so Robert retreated to the shelter of the castle and Gruffyd prepared to lay siege. And so battle commenced.

It was quite an impressive re-enactment. almost 200 warrors took part in an intense and very physical battle that was not without it;s own dangers. Fighting up-hill in chain mail with swords, axes, shields and bows and arrows, minor injuries did happen, but in the end it all went well and was a splendid entertainment.


comments (7)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Jun 2010, 07:50
Splendid stuff Les: these people look really authentic
Les Auld: They do seem to go to great lengths for authenticity Chris, thanks for the comment.
A great show it must have been Les.
Les Auld: Full of atmosphere and colour Ron, thanks for the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Jun 2010, 12:06
I have a feeling every great battle is reenacted somewhere, Les, right?! That is...if battles really are great?!
Les Auld: War, and it's attendant battles can never be great Ginnie, evil, despotic, and dire are some words I would use. However it seems to come naturally to us my-optic humans that the past is sanitised and turned into a form of entertainment that we then go and photograph. I wonder if we would have it any other way.

Thanks for the comment.
They are certainly dressed for the part Les, a good shot with lots of atmosphere.
Les Auld: They do take great care with the way they look Brian, thanks for the comment.
Let battle commence! smile
Les Auld: And then it did, thanks for the comment Linda.
It is a strange hobby but great fun to watchsmile
Les Auld: You wouldn't catch me running around in chain mail trying to evade a great big axe Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 3 Jun 2010, 20:44
The sound must have been incredible Les
Les Auld: The clash of steel on shield and the cries battle cries of the warriors, pretty good Zed, thanks for the comment.

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